An Open Letter on Marriage, Love Saxa, and Georgetown’s Catholic Values

The Georgetown University Knights of Columbus believe accusations that Love Saxa is a hate group – along with calls for it to be defunded as a student organization – are baseless.

In an op-ed published in The Hoya earlier this year, Love Saxa’s president wrote the following:

“Love Saxa’s definition of marriage does not include same-sex couples, as we believe that marriage is a conjugal union on every level – emotional, spiritual, physical and mental – directed toward caring for biological children. To us, marriage is much more than [a] commitment of love between two consenting adults.”

Love Saxa’s detractors object to this definition because it excludes LGBTQ relationships. In their view, Love Saxa’s promotion of this definition of marriage constitutes a hateful mission that should prevent it from receiving funding from the Student Activities Commission.

Rather than being rooted in hate, however, this message comes from a tradition grounded in love that finds dignity in all people. The words of Pope John Paul II remind us that “God has imprinted his own image and likeness on man, conferring upon him an incomparable dignity.” This foundational truth guides our relationships with all of God’s children, and inherently rejects hate as inimical to the Catholic life.

Furthermore, the Church acknowledges the difficult position of gay individuals in society, and clearly states that “[t]hey must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” and that “[e]very sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

Out of love for His children, God instituted an ideal of marriage that fosters joy and happiness. Pope Francis recently summarized the beauty of this relationship: “The family, founded on indissoluble matrimony that unites and allows procreation, is part of God’s dream and that of his Church for the salvation of humanity.”

Let us be clear: Stripping Love Saxa of funding would be an affront to Georgetown’s Catholic tradition and an improper judgment regarding the true nature of marriage.

Georgetown was founded as – and remains – a Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition. The Catholic Church has clearly articulated its position on marriage:

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.”

It would be nonsensical for a Catholic university to defund a student organization that upholds the Catholic understanding of marriage.

We believe that care for the person, or Cura Personalis, means supporting an individual as a child of God in a way that is ordered to truth and moral virtue. Given that Georgetown is a Catholic institution, and the Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal, service organization, we believe that care for the person should be understood in light of the truth of the Catholic faith.

It would be uncaring to suppress a group for upholding an element of Catholic Social Thought that is foundational to human flourishing.

– Georgetown University Knights of Columbus

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